Working with Libraries

We partner with libraries around the world

We partner with libraries to identify their rarest books.

With the USTC we investigate the collection

We compare the library’s catalogue with the USTC’s database.

Libraries receive a list of their rarest books

We provide the library with a list of their books in order of rarity.

Interested in learning more?

How do we work with Libraries?

Who are our partners?

Continents
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Countries
17
Cities
49
Libraries
66

What Libraries are saying

“I cannot tell you how thrilled we are about PWRB. It has inspired great enthusiasm about how to implement activities at Hopkins surrounding what it has revealed, and might help to continue to reveal at an important time.”

Earle Havens, Johns Hopkins University

I do want to thank you personally for including music in the USTC. Those partbooks are challenging to catalogue, but they add a key element to the larger picture, as you know. The USTC has changed my research life!

Kate van Orden, Harvard University

“Thank you so much for your mail! You did say, when we met, that an old collection like ours was bound to contain something interesting, but this is remarkable!”

Ernst Berkje, Oslo Cathedral School

“We knew that our 150,000 patrimonial items were a treasure of unique items, but we could not imagine such a considerable number.  Be assured of our greatest gratitude for your very important and very useful work for the library, the community of researchers and bibliographers.”

Bibliothèque Méjanes, Aix-en-Provence

“This extensive list is a remarkable resource … Our major exhibition in 2018 will focus on a selection of the most intriguing and unusual items highlighted by your list.”

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Marsh’s Library, Dublin

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The Tragic Martyrdom of Saint Ham and Saint Sausage

By Elise Watson | 1 April 2020 In honour of this auspicious day, the USTC is proud to announce a new and exciting discovery. Using heretofore unseen eyewitness records, we have learned that in 1521, Pope Leo X solemnly canonised holy two martyrs to be added to the pantheon of saints: Saint Jambon (Saint Ham) […]

Off to the Bar Chart Race(s): The Largest Print Centres Through Time (1450-1650)

By Graeme Kemp | Watch the race to be the largest European print centre, from the fifteenth century to the mid-seventeenth century. Graeme Kemp looks at how the centres for the production of books has shifted over time and how. Animated Bar Charts Some of the most viral visualisations of the last twelve months have […]

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USTC Adds Coverage of the Print Culture of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, 1522-1650

By Arthur der Weduwen | Over the past year, the USTC team has made it a priority to expand its coverage of national print cultures that have thus far been underrepresented in our database. When printing emerged in the fifteenth century it spread quickly throughout Western and Southern Europe, but failed to settle in broad […]

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USTC Adds Coverage of the Print Culture of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, 1522-1650

By Arthur der Weduwen | Over the past year, the USTC team has made it a priority to expand its coverage of national print cultures that have thus far been underrepresented in our database. When printing emerged in the fifteenth century it spread quickly throughout Western and Southern Europe, but failed to settle in broad […]

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Low Countries Update: Surveying Academic Printing in the Early Modern Netherlands

By Arthur der Weduwen | This week we present a major addition to the USTC, in the shape of a general update of our Low Countries data. This subsection of the resource has been heavily worked on for the past several years, and we are now in a position to present some additional 9,000 editions, […]

USTC Adds Full Coverage of Finnish Printing, 1642-1650

By Arthur der Weduwen | Over the past year, the USTC team has made it a priority to expand its coverage of national print cultures that have thus far been underrepresented in our database. When printing emerged in the fifteenth century it spread quickly throughout Western and Southern Europe, but failed to settle in broad […]

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